Hartwell woman dies in crash on north end of Elbert County
Sunday was a day Georgia State Patrolman Matt Baxley said “I wished I wasn’t a patrolman.”
Baxley was one of a multitude of law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel on the scene Sunday afternoon when Nellie Sadler, 74, of a Hartwell address, died in a three-vehicle crash.
Sadler, who was the driver of a Geo Metro sitting at a stop sign at the Maple Springs Church Road intersection on Georgia Highway 77, died after the driver of an Oldsmobile SUV slammed into her vehicle, according to Baxley.
The driver of the Oldsmobile, said Baxley, slammed into the stopped vehicle after trying to avoid hitting a Toyota Sienna mini-van driven by Kieu Thi Thanh Le, 38, of 1297 Ridge Road, Dewy Rose.
Le, said Baxley, was arrested and charged with failure to yield after stopping at a stop sign, homicide by vehicle in the second degree and serious injury by vehicle.
The incident closed Hartwell Highway (Georgia Highway 77), in the general area of the Georgia Guidestones, for nearly two hours.
Elbert County Emergency Medical Services Director Chuck Almond said the incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m.
In all, eight people were involved in the accident.
Sadler had three persons in the vehicle she was driving, said Almond, adding that emergency personnel and first responders worked feverishly to get all four victims out of that vehicle because the crash left them all trapped inside the Geo Metro.
According Almond, Sadler died shortly after she arrived at the emergency room of Elbert Memorial Hospital.
One of Sadler’s passengers was taken by an emergency medical evacuation helicopter to AnMed Health in South Carolina, one was taken by ambulance to a South Carolina hospital and one was taken by ambulance to Elbert Memorial Hospital’s emergency room.
There were three people in the Oldsmobile that slammed into Sadler’s car. Two of those victims were treated and released at Elbert Memorial Hospital and a third victim was treated and released at the scene, said Almond.
Almond also said Le was treated at the scene.